Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America. The terrain varies from the Andes Mountains in the west to tropical jungle in the south and tropical paradise along the Caribbean Sea. A large portion of the economy of Venezuela is based on its extensive oil reserves. The population of almost 30 million is almost entirely Roman Catholic. The majority language is Spanish, but there are approximately 50 other language groups, many of which still wait for a Bible translation.
- All US citizen must have a tourist visa to visit Venezuela.
- Expect to apply at least 3 months in advance.
- Check this Spanish website of the US Embassy in Venezuela for up to date information http://eeuu.embajada.gob.ve/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=57&lang=es (The English website is not updated regularly).
- Tourist visas are granted for multiple entries within one year for visits up to 90 days at a time.
- Besides being up to date on shots recommended in the USA, the CDC suggests that all travelers to Venezuela have a typhoid and a Hepatitis A vaccine.
- http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/venezuela visit this website for specific suggestions for different types of travelers.
- For Men:
- Typical American clothing is acceptable.
- For Women:
- Modest American style clothing is the norm.
- Take a least one pair of shower shoes as well as close toed shoes, going barefoot is frowned upon, even inside the house.
- Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! Venezuela often has a lot of bugs so even when it is hot you may want long pants to protect your legs from mosquitoes.
Things to Bring:
Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling).
- Refillable water purification bottle or there will be bottled water available for purchase.
- Bug Spray
- Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy, etc.).
- Comfort food - something small that makes you feel at home can be really helpful when everything you are eating seems unfamiliar.